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Review: I had been meaning to check this place out for a while and finally got a chance to. My partner and I popped in on a Friday evening expecting a wait, but were seated right away. It did fill up after, although the line seemed to move quickly. The menu here reminded me a lot of Red Lentil in Watertown, but this place was much more spacious. The dining area was bigger and the tables weren't cramped like at Red Lentil. The décor was also nicer. Uninspired by the entrée selections, we decided to just get a couple of appetizers and a salad. My favorite dish was the coconut tofu. These strips were light and crisp on the outside while tender on the inside. The coconut coating gave them a subtle but lovely flavor. They were delicious even without the two accompanying sauces. I would have no problem eating the whole plate by myself. The vegetable pops were a close second; I loved the texture and the piquant sauce. The gobi manchurian was comparable to that served at Red Lentil, which is a must-order for us. Here the flavor didn't seem to be as robust, and the texture was just as mushy instead of crunchy, which was something I hope they would work on. The winter vegetable latkes off the daily special tasted good, but were too soggy and lacked that crispy crust that latkes should have. The raw zucchini noodle salad was the weakest dish of our meal. It was bland and could use more seasoning. We also had a slice of chocolate truffle cake to round off the evening. It was moist, light, and adequately sweet, but (as a chocolate fiend) I would've liked a stronger cocoa flavor. The portion sizes were generous, so we didn't feel our meal was incomplete in any way without having an entrée. Prices were very reasonable as well. Service was attentive, but a little rushed. Overall it was an enjoyable dinner. We'll be back.